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Jackson evac order lifted; Casper heats up

Jackson evac order lifted; Casper heats up

Sep 14, 2012 - From The Associated Press

Jackson residents who've been packed and ready to flee from a wildfire this week are breathing a little easier.

Authorities lifted an evacuation advisory for the east side of town late Thursday now that firefighters have built containment lines around the portion of the fire closest to town.

The 3,324-acre Horsethief Canyon Fire is burning south of the resort town next to Snow King Mountain and is 36 percent contained.

Residents at Thursday's fire meeting were warned to still remain vigilant.

The fire started Saturday and about 1,000 residents were warned Monday to get ready to leave should the fire spread into town.

It's been ruled human-caused but authorities won't release any more details until they finish their investigation.

In Casper, a return of warm, dry and windy weather will test the containment lines built around a wildfire that's destroyed 36 homes and cabins on Casper Mountain.

The Sheep Herder Hill Fire was 70 percent contained Friday after firefighters took advantage of a few days of cooler, more humid weather to put in more fire line. The shift in the weather was expected to begin Friday and could continue in south and central Wyoming through Sunday.

The fire hasn't been growing much lately but it's now listed at about 24 square miles due to better mapping.

Some people evacuated by the fire have been allowed to return home.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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